SPARKLE PONY, –NOUN, One of the Burner Principles is Radical Self-Reliance. Everyone at a Burn event is expected to bring everything they need to survive for the duration of the event — food, clothes, water and shelter. Yet this principle overlaps with another — the gift economy, where Burners share what they have with those that need. Of course there are those who take advantage of this by coming to the event poorly prepared.
A sparkle pony is a Burner who is under-prepared for basic survival but still managed to pack 2 suitcases full of fabulous outfits. He or she expects the community to take up the slack because they’re just so wonderful and drama inevitably follows when expectations are not met.
Although the word dates back to at least 2008, it was popularized by the Sparkle Pony Corral, a theme camp present in Black Rock City from 2009-2010. Frustrated participants could drop off their camp’s sparkle ponies at the corral where they would be fed, watered, and have their egos stroked by “certifiable experts.” Sparkle ponies received much-needed attention while campmates received a much-needed break.
See also: Tourist.
poplopo wrote:...or you've just never happened to hear the term before..
capjbadger wrote:poplopo wrote:...or you've just never happened to hear the term before..
Here ya go:
pizzamancer wrote:If you ever hear someone say they have 50 outfits and didn't have room for water, they are a Sparkle Pony, also they look like this:
LoveCreatesLove wrote:here are 21 sparkle ponies
DrYes wrote:LoveCreatesLove wrote:here are 21 sparkle ponies
I loved that art car! A bunch of us rode it around one afternoon screaming about sparkleponies and accosting strangers for e and water.
Then the art car pulled into its home camp - ride over. Its home camp appeared to be Anonymous Camp (ie sober camp). We laughed.
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